Android smartphones with Force Touch: available & upcoming
1. FluffyBled (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)
Tried the 3D touch in the iPhone 6s and the screen feels a bit frail ... could be just me, don't know!
3. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Did you just try it, like in a store, or experience it for a while?
4. FluffyBled (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)
My sister has it actually, but yeah ... I didn't experience it a lot!
6. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I see...it does take some getting used to. I'm not blown away, but it has me on board. I can't wait to see what they do with it.
10. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I tried it out in a Best Buy for a few minutes. I didn't see the usefulness of it but manufacturers like Samsung like putting gimmicky stuff in their phones regardless if people are going to use it.
13. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Samsung will take chances with it, that Aple won't. Imagine using force touch to activate multiwindow or floating window will pop up video, that would be pretty cool.
14. Unordinary (Posts: 993; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)
Force touching+swiping the side of the screen is nice to switch between apps. Doing it in one motion will bring you to the previous app, but force-sliding and releasing will open up the task switcher. Pretty small feature but smooth, fast, and seamless.
My favorite(stock) is using my keyboard as a track pad for fast editing. Rooted force touch features: amazing. At least 10+ day by day useful practical features.
18. nctx77 (Posts: 1636; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Yep, Samsung would take more chances. Apple has kind of put themselves in that box for good or for worst. If they did the same and it didn't work perfect, they would get roasted. Apple has stumbled a few times out of the gate, but all in all, their products work great. It is fun to tinker around with stuff even if it's not perfect. I beleive this is why you carry both phones.
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I got mad love for Apple and Samsung, always have. I've seen them copy each other, and it's shored up both phones. I just wish Apple was more of the risk taker that Samsung is, cause sammys risks have turned out some pretty useful features. I'm gonna continue to carry both, I love my iPhone, and my Note, both are top notch. Their approaches work well for their platforms.
22. Diezparda (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
Hey activate mini floating window with FT seems like a good idea. I've heard many people complain cuz minimize the screen by reaching the top screen and drag it diagonally is kinda hard & pretty inconsistant. Samsung should consider this.
21. Diezparda (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
Not only Samsung, i mean look at what huawei did with FT (i laugh so hard on these). But i kinda understand their situation, cuz it's hard for Android OEM to compete against each other so they trying to be unique and Samsung was pretty bold. If you love iOS there Apple device for ya, take it or leave it...
41. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7769; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
Just like car manufacturers put gimmicky crap in your car, regardless if you use it or not.
Is that a bad thing?
I've had Samsung phones since the S3, yes they do put a lot. Some are more useful that others. But all of them are gone with exception of the most useful ones like "smart-stay" which keeps the display on as long as you are looking at it.
The S6 doesn't have one useless feature. If it does, please name what it is. The Note 5 doesn't have any useless features, if it does please name one?
Also a feature isn't useless just because YOU can't use it. Yes they have had some features you could call useless, but if someone found a use for them, then its not useless per se.
Force Touch could be useful, if it was implemented in a useful manner. On the iPhone it wasn't.
In order for a feature not to be useless, it needs to be applied to something that would make you use vs something that can just be on the side where you have alternatives for doing the same thing.
So I would say maybe some Samsung features were a bit repetitious, but not useless.
16. Diezparda (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
Ex user of bb storm & never tried 6S/6S+ (both not available yet in our retail shop). I'm afraid it'll get in the way to interact with your phone but with bb you'll need to click-touch everything from typing to browsing & somehow that's irritating.
Lol... if rumoured S7 was true it'll probably my first experience with FT, i'm eager to see how games developer will take advantage over it.
23. FluffyBled (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)
Trust me dude :p ... if FT ever gets to gaming, man OEMs better produce twice the amount of screens they do now xD, especially because of racing games!
25. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2060; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
The new Warhammer 40k game uses FT throughout.
27. Diezparda (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
They said press harder to drive faster LOL.
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
It's the next stage in interaction. I'm glad it's here, and ready to see it on my Note 6...hopefully.
39. tedkord (Posts: 9850; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
If I had to choose, I'd take microsd support over FT on the Note 6. But I'll take both.
7. shahrooz (Posts: 700; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)
there should be either long press or pressure touch IMO, these two can't co-exist without getting in the way of each other here and there.
8. DmitrLP (Posts: 181; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)
$1,000 for a Huawei phone? that´s silly, i wouldn´t pay $50 for that crappy brand.
20. aegislash (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)
The Nexus 6P is one of the best phones I have ever had the pleasure of using...Huawei is far from crappy.
9. prashant1707 (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Nov 2015)
right now i can't see much of the functionality with this force touch display but lets see how the future responds to it.
11. oozz009 (Posts: 458; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)
I don't see why Huawei is getting so much credit here on the force touch tech just because it announced it's phone a week earlier. In the end, Apple already had the force touch tech on available devices long before Huawei announced their phone with this tech (several months before). These devices include the Apple Watch and Mac Book Pro, both had the same tech which Apple calls it "force touch" and then renamed it as "3D" for the iPhone 6s/6s plus. I'm only pointing out that Apple had the technology ready for quite a while now.
28. ibend (Posts: 3126; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
"Apple already had the force touch tech on available devices long before Huawei"
apple didnt even own touch tech o.O all they do is buy pressure sensitive layer from chinese OEM, huawei also didnt own that tech, but the new one that coming is tech from synaptycs, and its gonna be great
36. KyleRiemen (Posts: 110; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)
Synaptics introduced Forcepad and ThinTouch in 2012. HP made use of the ForcePad in 2014. Huawei introduced it a week earlier, but they also had to develop it, right?
Just pointing out, that the idea and technology already have been there, long before Apple came up with it. That is why Android had an "Force touch"-API for years.
When Apple comes up with it, a meaningless gimmick suddenly becomes the visionary Killer-Feature, nobody ever thought of and can live without. Other manufacturers do not copy everything, they just put it in, so that some customers do not feel like falling behind on features.
12. KellenR (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)
Just to keep this article honest and information accurate -- Android has always this functionality since the beginning. The coined 'Force Touch' feature simply means a pressure-sensitive screen, which many Android phones currently have and have had for years. If you want to test your own Android phone there's a free app in the Google Play Store called "Force Touch Demo".
15. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2060; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
The iPhone has had the long press since the 3G (I haven't had the 2G), which is what Android has. There is a difference between that and Force Touch/3D Touch. Long press just measures duration held, while Force Touch measures pressure.
29. ibend (Posts: 3126; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
did you even know what he mean? he talk abour force touch aka pressure sensitive, not long press -_-
34. AlikMalix (Posts: 4816; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
I think he's talking about measuring area on android vs measuring pressure on iOS. There's a lot of difference since fingers are different in size and the are they cover - compare thumb to index. With iOS force is measures regardless of size of the pointing device.
26. Ninetysix (Posts: 2313; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
App measures the surface area of the skin and not the amount of force used. That Google Dev is just jelly that Apple beat them to the punch. Read the reviews or pocketnow.
17. nctx77 (Posts: 1636; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Like Touch ID, we won't see the real use case for this until the next iPhone.
30. ibend (Posts: 3126; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
or the next android.. other OEM will fix that gimmick to make it more "usable"
35. AlikMalix (Posts: 4816; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)
Dude, are you serious? I'm using FT as a cursor scroll in keyboard, to launch multiple troops, and use different weapons without manually changing them in games, preview emails, texts, and jump into setts in window/menu inside apps without opening the app first, then selecting something from menu. And my favorite - using my finger to draw utilizing different pressure - like pencil strokes and intensity of fade effects. If you think FT isn't usable - you've been using that Chinese phone that rushed to announce it a week early.
FT on iOS is now full fledged ecosystem. Look at the amount of apps that support it adding new ones and updating old ones on a weekly basis (if not daily - I don't have all the apps).
24. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
"Apple copies everyone!" - Idiotic Fandroids
31. ibend (Posts: 3126; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
by that logic, steve jobs also Idiotic Fandroids
33. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)
Apple is not copy cat, Apple is a thieves. Even Jobs admit that
32. AinyTech (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)
no matter force touch or 3D touch, it also requires upgrading the smartphone screen protector process.
Not too thick nor too thin, too thick affect the touch screen effect, too thin protective performance degradation. For curved phone screen, need consider much more!